Ashes 2015: Ben Stokes seeking series 'revenge' against Australia

England all-rounder Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes hit the fastest ever Test hundred at Lord's against New Zealand in May
England v Australia, Second Test
Venue: Lord's Dates: 16-20 July
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All-rounder Ben Stokes says England's impressive start to the Ashes series feels "like revenge".

England lost 5-0 in Australia in 2013-14 but head into the second Test at Lord's on Thursday on the back of an impressive 169-run win at Cardiff.

"When they were eight wickets down, I was thinking how we felt when we were getting beat every game," said Stokes.

"To be on the verge of winning [the first Test] after what they did to us in Australia was pretty cool."

Durham's Stokes, 24, who made his Test debut in the second match of the whitewash down under, added: "We just had them on the back foot for pretty much the whole game, and they were a bit taken aback by that.

"When Rooty [Joe Root] caught the catch at the end, it was like revenge.

"We know we're going to win more than we lose if we keep playing in this manner.

"I think it probably brings the best out of all of us in the playing XI - always trying to take the positive route and always trying to be on top."

Australia's Shane Watson is given out
Shane Watson unsuccessfully reviewed both his lbw decisions in the first Test

While England look to have a settled side, Australia will be missing veteran wicket-keeper Brad Haddin, 37, for the second Test because of personal reasons.

All-rounder Shane Watson is also under pressure for his place from Mitchell Marsh, who scored two centuries in Ashes warm-up games.

Watson, 34, has made only one half-century in 2015 and was again out twice lbw in the first Test - making it 14 such dismissals in 35 Ashes innings.

But former England batsman Kevin Pietersen believes the Queenslander deserves another chance.

Pietersen said: "Every time the Australians get beaten, it's always Shane Watson who takes the heat and surprise, surprise, this time it's no different.

"Let's make no bones about it, he's got to stop getting out lbw and start scoring some big runs. No-one is un-droppable after all, but he's a match winner.

"I've seen first-hand what damage Watson can do and for me, talk of dropping him is massively premature. He needs to be backed by the Aussies, not hounded."

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